Ms. Rebecca DeVooght, Director of Government Relations for the University of Michigan will share an insider’s perspective with us on the process through which ideas for legislation become actual bills, and potentially laws. Ms. DeVooght is an excellent speaker, and her Town Hall will be highly relevant to your work in this class.
The readings for this town hall are actually two short video clips of interviews with former State Representative Doug Hart, one of the founders of Michigan Student Caucus. In these clips, Representative Hart will speak about his experiences as a legislator, and the complexities of writing legislation and trying to get it passed. The videos are here and here.
Here are the guidelines for participating in a Town Hall Meeting:
● You are expected to do the reading (or watching) and come to the meeting with a question, inspired by the material, written on a paper or index card that you’ll hand in before the meeting starts. Make sure that you keep a second copy of the question in case you’re asked by a faculty member or topic coordinator to pose your question to the speaker.
● Out of respect for our speakers, laptops must be closed during town hall presentations.